GALENTINE'S DAY BRUNCH 2017

anyone who has a decently large group of friends knows it's basically impossible to make plans. thankfully, my favorite group of ladies were able to get together for a little galentine's day brunch [we were only missing one person - missed you zoe!] with a little help from the schedule gods + eventbrite! chocolate chip pancakes, banana muffins with cream cheese frosting, donuts, fresh fruit [to make us feel healthy], rosemary potatoes, + more was on the menu for the morning, + i can confirm that it all tasted just as amazing as it looked. 

if you follow along on instagram, you might've heard i'm currently doing the whole30  --- which may or may not have been paused so i could eat one of those donuts...

if you follow along on instagram, you might've heard i'm currently doing the whole30  --- which may or may not have been paused so i could eat one of those donuts...

even the pup wanted in on the action... =)

even the pup wanted in on the action... =)

did you throw a party or celebrate galentine's day in some way this year? how did you manage your invites? with eventbrite's online registration software, all the invitation details are simplified + reduced so you can be stress free! for me, that meant more time prepping + less time frantically running around like a crazy person, hahah!

happy gal/valentine's day! i hope you're spending it with someone [or something ---hello left-over donuts!] you love.

THE HAPPIEST PLACE

a few weekends ago we escaped to the happiest place on earth - disney world! we crammed as many rides, foods, + memories as we could into what seemed like the longest-but-shortest 72 hours ever! in between adventures, we snapped just enough photos and too just enough videos to get us by ;) starting from the top - here we go!


everytime we've been to disney, my family has stayed at the coronado springs resort and WE   L O V E   IT!!!! [when my sister + i got there the first night, i literally yelled "i'm home!"] it's got the coolest ancient myan/spanish archetecture and it brings back so many childhood memories from when we stayed there years ago. 

the first morning in disney, we woke up super early to the prettiest fog! ^^^

MICKEY WAFFLES! don't even get me started. possibly the best thing about the enitre trip. kidding. [not]

the first ride of the trip was expedition everest at animal kingdom [basically the only reason we go there, haha!] we also passed through dinoland on our way out - one of the best mini-rides is in there. triceratop spin for the win!

once we had our fix of animal kingdom, we headed over to hollywood studios, and straight to the tower of terror. [best ride eveeeeeeeeer!]

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my dad is a natural with the camera - he's got raw talent, folks! ^^^

we didn't get a chance to ride the great movie ride, but every time i saw the sign, i cried just a little bit. you can't go wrong with neon + that color combo. 

these mickey ice cream bars are soooo good + kind of an insode joke in my family. every time the kids used to go off on a ride during previous trips, my dad would sneak away and buy himself one of these bad boys. he'd end up eating like four in a day, sometimes haha!

there's that sign again... =) ^^^

disney parks always have the best restaurants, and this one is one of our favorites. if you're ever looking for a dinner spot in hollywood studios, the 50's prime time cafe is where it's at! 

for our second [and last] full day, we headed to magic kingdom. 

right around lunchtime, claire and  hunted down the dole stand like it was our job. it was both of our first times trying the pineapple whip + i can truly say that it lived up to it's hype!

anyone who's been to disney world [or disneyland - not sure of they have this there] do you guys trade pins? my family discovered this around 2010ish, and everytime we've been back, we do it! if you're not familiar with it, you basically buy and lanyard and pins [genius money-making tactics, those disney execs!] and you can trade pins with employees or other park-goers! it's actually pretty fun!

we spent our last night watching an insane fireworks show above cinderella's castle. i may or may not have teared up... [#noshame] we seriously had the most magical time, even though we were only there for about 72-ish hours. don't forget to watch the video, too! happy friday!

BEATING THE WINTER BLUES WITH OLLY

does anyone else really feel the winter blues right around february? we're so close to spring, yet it's still so far away. its always the worst when mother nature throws you a bone and it's 60 degrees one day, then snowing the next! such a tease! over the years, i've learned how to beat these blues with some easy tips, + today [in partnershp with OLLY nutrition!] i'm sharing them with you!

TIP #1 - CREATE A COZY SPACE

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i spend a lot of time in my bedroom, and to keep my sanity, i try to make sure it's always clean. it's basically a safe haven for me, and i want to make sure it's a place free of stress + full of relaxation.

TIP #2 - DO YOUR MAKEUP

i tend to find that i'm always in a better mood when my lips have a little color, my lashes are darker, + my blemishes are covered. it's a simple fix and gives those freezing february days some purpose. i use pretty much all drugstore brands, but i just ordered boy brow from glossier and I'M IN LOVE. so so good. 

TIP #3 - SPEND SOME CASH ONLINE SHOPPING

i'll admit - i'm a true online shopping addict. i love getting packages in the mail. this might not work for everyone, but i find that ordering things online totally brightens my mood! it gives me something to look forward to, and the introduction of a new item into my everyday routine is a game changer too!

TIP #4 - STAY ORGANIZED 

if you've been following along for some time now, you'd know that i'm basically OCD. i'm super organized, and planning things out might be one of my favorite things to do. i've been using ban.do's daybook planners for about two years now, and i love them. it totally helps to have something tangible to use to manage your time + organize your life!

TIP #5 - FOCUS ON YOUR HEALTH

the last tip i've got to share is to take care of yourself, health wise.  i do drink a lot of water + eat healthy, but i'm not the best at taking vitamins. when i heard about OLLY's new probiotic sticks [20% off right now! click here to snag some!], i knew i had to try them. not only do they support your digestive health + overall wellness, but they taste amazing [like the pixisticks candy!!] and they're super portable, so you can take them anywhere. i strongly recommend them to everyone! they've also got a version for littles, so they can stay healthy in the new year, too!


do you put any of these tips into practice? or are you planning to? they work great for me - let me know if they do for you too! don't forget to check out OLLY's website [and grab your probiotic sticks at 20% off while you still can].

we've only got a few more weeks of winter. here's to beating the blues + holding out until spring. we can do it!


post + images by molly garvin

sponsored by OLLY nutrition

BREAKFAST AT LOVELESS CAFE

there's not much that can make you feel better after waking up at 3:30 am to catch a flight to nashville. luckily, breakfast + world-famous biscuits are a combo that does just the trick. i'd heard of the loveless cafe from social media, mainly, so when i found out that while visiting family in TN for a little christmas round two we were getting off the plane and going straight to loveless, i was pumped - and really hungry.

i may or may not have lost count of how many biscuits i ate during our meal ^^^

almost the entire extended family [about 16 people!] met us there - we ordered breakfast, family style, + kicked off the weekend with good food and good company. i'm always grateful to spending time with the nashville garvins, it's seriously heaven being together. how i managed to be born into the best family i'll never know!

after everyone had their sufficient fix of carbs, we headed home - full and content. if you ever find yourself in the outskirts of nashville and you're a little [or a lot] hungry, make a stop at loveless! the only thing you'll regret is that you didn't order more biscuits ;)